Some people reckon this "zebra" is actually a donkey

Mahmoud Sarhan visited a Cairo zoo and saw a zebra that did not look quite right

In 2009 a zoo in Palestine reportedly painted two donkeys to replace zebras that had died.

It prompted others to go down and have a look, with video of the alleged equine frauds clocking up more than 180,000 views on Facebook after being shared by Reza Abdel-Naim Amin.

Zebras have black snouts, and smaller ears than donkey.

A newly opened animal sanctuary in Cairo, Egypt allegedly painted stripes on a donkey in order to fool visitors into thinking the animal was a zebra.

Sadly for donkeys, they aren't the most exotic of zoo attractions.

Social media users noted that the "zebra" had long floppy ears and that its stripes were smudged, leading to debate online over what species it was. But Mr Sarhan said: 'I realised from the first look that it was a painted donkey.

The director of Gardens Project in Cairo has denied the reports that they had tried to pass off the donkey as a zebra.

Some of the stripes appeared to have started rubbing off in the heat Animal experts believe that it may be a donkey because it looks like a donkey. And, a zoo in Henan province in 2013 hoped guests wouldn't notice that its African lion exhibit was actually home to a Tibetan mastiff dog.

It wouldn't be the first time that this has happened.

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